Combining Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments with laser resurfacing at our Tucson practice creates results that people will notice. These treatments use light and laser energy to clear up unwanted pigmentation, creating a more even complexion and revealing a radiant look. Don’t be surprised when people take notice of your new glow!

In this blog post, we’re giving you a heads-up about the compliments you’re most likely to receive once your IPL treatments are complete.

1. “You look so young!”

You may get lots of compliments about your youthful appearance. IPL treatments cause pigment in the skin (melanin in the case of brown patches like freckles; red blood cells in the case of red areas) to absorb light energy and become less noticeable. This erases many signs of aging and helps you look more refreshed overall.

2. “I need your skincare tips!”

Compliments on your skin coloration and texture will likely flow and people will ask you for your skincare tips and techniques. Thanks to the IPL’s pore-shrinking power, your complexion will look smooth, even, and clear of blemishes. Plus, because IPL can be used on various areas of the body (neck, chest, arms, and legs), your glow will extend far beyond your face.

3. “You look better, every time I see you!”

Most patients benefit most from 3 to 5 treatments spaced at least 3 weeks apart, so your skin will continuously improve about every month. With each treatment, discolored areas will become more even, incrementally revealing your best skin without leaving behind any evidence of a procedure.

What to Expect During Your Treatment

If you’re considering an IPL treatment, knowing what to expect can be an empowering first step.

We begin by protecting your eyes with a shield and applying a cold gel to the treatment area. As the treatment begins, you may see flashes of light and feel something like a moderate rubber band snap. Our Zimmer machine sprays cool air over the area and we may use a topical numbing cream in the unlikely case that you experience discomfort. It typically takes about 20 minutes to treat the whole face.

You can expect a day or 2 of swelling, followed by some brown splotching as pigment rises to the surface of the skin. This will fade in about 7 days, and your even new skin will be revealed. Visit our before-and-after photo gallery to get an idea of the results you can expect.

IPL treatments can provide great benefits for patients who are struggling with rosacea, freckles, blood vessels, and acne scarring. If you are interested in learning about how this treatment and additional laser resurfacing in Tucson can help you, please contact us online or call (520) 797-8885 to request a consultation.

By Austin Cope, MD, MBA